16th January, 2015, Karnal
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture, inaugurated a two-day brain storming programme ‘optimizing talent search for the national agricultural research and education system’ at ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal here today.
In his address, Agriculture Minister stressed upon the need to attract youth to agriculture and to make the scientists’ selection process more transparent and effective. He also emphasized the role of local and need based research and said that it should be the integral part of the career development process of scientists. He informed that Agriculture Ministry has a plan to introduce soil health card to farmers for improving the agricultural production and policies are being framed to increase the availability of water for irrigation purpose, especially for small farmers. Agriculture Minister also announced the establishment of two National Breeding Centers, one in southern India and another in Northern India, to augment the breeding of dairy animals in the country. He also interacted with the students of NDRI.
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Union Minister of State for Agriculture stressed upon the need of attracting researchers and scientists of Indian origin working in the premier foreign laboratories to the national agricultural research and education system. ASRB should frame policies to attract such talent as part of the brain gain, he added. Dr. Balyan encouraged the NDRI scientists to strengthen work in the field of Sex Semen Technology to further boost the breeding of elite animals in the country.
Sh. Karan Dev Kamboj, Minister of State, Government of Haryana also graced the occasion.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR stressed that the score card of scientists for carrier development should be suitably modified from time to time as per the need. He complimented ASRB for providing quality human resource to ICAR system.
Prof. D.P. Agarwal, former Chairman, UPSC shared his views on the present education system and emphasized that we should all work together to find ways to bring in structured reforms in the education system.
Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB said that the present brainstorming-cum-workshop is an attempt to frame the policies to bring the best talent in the National Agriculture Research System. In this direction, more efforts would be made to make the recruitment process more transparent.
Dr. A.K. Srivastava, Director and Vice-chancellor, NDRI informed the gathering about the recent achievements of this premier Institute in cloning of dairy animals, ovum pick-up technique, launching of farmers’ school and success of women self-help groups. He also informed that in the year 2014, the institute has transferred about 20 technologies to dairy/ animal feed industry.
The brain storming programme is being organized by ASRB, an apex body involved in the recruitment of agriculture scientists in the country. More than 70 experts from the field of agriculture research, education and extension are participating in the event.
(Source: ICAR-NDRI, Karnal)